Things to know about Chia seeds:
- Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seed.
- Chia seeds do not need to be ground to be absorbed by the body and they can be stored for long periods of time without going bad.
- They help with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water. *Note that you should not consume more than 2 tablespoons of chia seeds a day, as it can cause extreme bloat (I've experienced this)
- Chia seeds contain great things like fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc among many others.
- Chia seeds like to get stuck in your teeth, you've been warned!
- HEALTH NOTICE: Chia seeds can thin your blood. You should stop eating chia seeds at least 2 weeks before any surgeries, as it can cause excessive bleeding.
Chia Fresca Recipe
Yield: 2 cups
- 2 cups water or coconut water
- 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice (or to taste)
- Sweetener, to taste (agave or 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup) *You don't have to do this.
1. Add chia and water into a jar or glass and stir very well to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up. It's a great idea to use a cup/jar with a lid so that you can shake the drink and break up any clumps.
2. Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Stir (or shake) well to combine. Enjoy!